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You have the same theory as I do about keeping this Lexus RX 300 forever. If you want the best protection use full synthetic motor oil. I am doing it to my 2001 right now. Don't forget the oil filter. Maybe you can get beyond 300,000 miles with the care that you give this trunk.
Don't go cheap on the transmission fluid because it can cause a failure if you use anything other than Toyota Type 4 .
FWIW, there are some really cool posts for DIY service on Club Lexus.
oops, that's the last page... but you can navigate from there.
PLLLLLLLEASE IF ANYONE HAS ANY ADVICE.....THIS IS CAR HELL!!!!
Didn’t put oil in the car- Needed new engine/engine seized
-Transmission ran smoothly
-Car towed to mechanic #1
Mechanic #1 -Car sat for 6 months
-he replaced 1 engine head
-engine strong but transmission jumps now
-car is driven to Mechanic #2 with transmission jumping
Mechanic #2 -took out vtt solenoid
-changed transmission fluid twice
-car is not starting
- Car towed to mechanic #3
Mechanic #2-replaces missing VTT solenoid
-says ECU is burnt out
-replaces ECU and Keys
-transmission is jumping
My Theories: (Because the transmission was running smoothly when the engine burnt out then the transmission jumped after the engine rebuild)
1.) Transmission was stolen/switched by mechanic #1
Q:How do I get the vin off the transmission? (Is it that difficult? because Mechanic #3 doesn’t seem to want to do it)
Q:What will you charge to get the VIN off the transmission?
2.) Car sat for 6 months at mechanic #1. Q:Can the transmission die from sitting for 6 months?
3.) When the engine was rebuilt by Mechanic #1 the engine ground cables behind the air intake manifold were left lose (not reconnected properly or disturbed), and this causes the transmission to work erratically, and the ECU to eventually burn out when being test driven by mechanic #2 or #3. Q:Is this possible? Q:Could certain ground cables in the engine have been disturbed when the engine was repaired? Q:Can you see if any of the engine repairs could have caused the transmission trouble?